Yes, it reached the semifinals at the 2016 Under-20 Women's World Cup.
And, yes, it took North Korea to overtime.
But it was badly outplayed and lost, 2-1, in a match it was outshot, 25-7.
In the quarterfinals against Mexico, USA was lucky to survive, getting late goals from Ally Watt and Kelcie Hedge to win, 2-1, after being outshot, 15-4.
Against North Korea, the USA trailed, 1-0, in the 89th minute when out of nowhere Natalie Jacobs latched on to an errant clearance and lobbed the ball into the goal for an improbable equalizer.
But if there was any hope of a repeat of the Mexico game, North Korea ended that by scoring off the kickoff to start overtime.
The diminutive Sung Hyang Sim, the winner of the Silver Ball at the 2016 Under-17 Women's World Cup North Korea, broke in on goal and laid the ball off to the streaking Ri Hyang Sim, who chipped U.S. keeper Casey Murphy.
The rest of overtime was spent with the USA desperately holding on to avoid an onslaught. North Korea not only had a big edge in shots, it played the better soccer, showed incredible stamina and and physically dominated the Americans, earning four yellow cards.
midfield play was again nonexistant, and attacking stars Mallory Pugh, Ashley Sanchez and Emily Fox were rendered largely
North Korea, winner of the 2006 U-20 Women's World Cup, is back in the final for the first time since losing to the USA with Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher, 2-1, in 2008.
In 2014, North Korea beat the USA in a shootout in the quarterfinals only to fall to Nigeria, 6-2, in the semifinals.
Nov. 25 in Port Moresby
USA 1 North Korea 2. Goals: Jacobs 88; Yon pen. 50, R. Hyang Sim 91.
USA -- Murphy; Elliston, Otto, Riehl, Jean (Hedge 71), Fox (Watt 66; Petersen 91), Ogle, Jacobs, Cousins (Scarpa 78), Pugh, Sanchez.
North Korea -- Sun, U. Sol Gyong, C. Sol Gyong, W. Jong Sim (R. Kyong Hyang 75), R. Hyang Sim, K. Phyong Hwa (A Snog Ok 95), Yon, Yong, K. Un Hwa (S. Hyang Sim 66), J. Hyo Sim, Hyang (C. Un Hwa 75).